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way to a safer venue after protesters attacked the u.s. consulate in benghazi and opened fire. the violence in protest to that amateur online film produced in the u.s. that offended millions and millions of muslims. first, we want to bring in elise labott. she has known ambassador stevens for ten years. she works at the state department for us. elise this is a tragedy for the entire diplomatic community this morning. >> yes, yes. john, this is a terrible day for the state department. everyone is going to be in mourning today. it's not just the fact that chris stevens was such a popular figure of the state department. really, one of the cream of the crop of the u.s. foreign service. but it's been many years since someone of this level has been killed in an attack like this. so i think there's going to be a lot of shockwaves through the state department. after all the u.s. has done for the libyans. using force to get rid of moammar gadhafi, to help libya stand up as it moved towards elections, as it tries to start anew. i think there's going to be a lot of gut checking right now
we are day two now of protests. we've been covering the protests in cairo and in benghazi. we remember covering the revolution, it was really the rebel stronghold last year. explain what exactly happened as far as this ambassador is concerned and the three other workers who were apparently with him in his car? >> details are very sketchy right now. what we understand is we knew yesterday, towards the end of the day, that as we were watching those pictures at the embassy in cairo, there were gunmen that had approached the u.s. consulate in benghazi, and breached the walls of the compound. and they were trying to secure the compound, secretary clinton put out a statement early this morning that one u.s. foreign service officer was killed. what we can piecing together, and again there hasn't been state department confirmation of the details, is that they were trying to take chris stevens, the ambassador, to libya, who is based in tripoli, i might add, and some other personnel out to safety, and there was a rocket attack and they were killed. >> you were mentioning before that the
believe to be a terrorist act, against our consulate in benghazi on the 11th anniversary of the attacks of september 11. these attacks do many things, but they remind us i think first of the bravery and commitment of government officials who serve in countries around the world, supporting the struggles of people in those countries, to live free. and by doing so work to improve our own national security. the attack in libya also reminds us that even though the core of al qaeda has been seriously weakened, we still face threats from an evolving and fractious set of terrorist groups and individuals united by a common ideology which is that of haven't -- violent islamist extremism. i'll have some questions to ask the three of you about the nature of the terrorist threat today and specifically with regard to the reaction to this film whether you think it has raised the threat level against any places or institutions or individuals here in the united states. reporting to us on the terrorist threat to the homeland today, i also hope you'll address other concerns such as the effort to counter h
from who were responsible for the attacks in benghazi. this basically gives the president options, if you will. we talked about it a minute ago. drones are flying over eastern libya, collecting intelligence, surv surveying on the ground. if they feel they have a credible target they can go after, they can take that to the attacks in benghazi. this will give the president an option he could u use. he could use missiles on armed drones. they could get an indication that the libyans are going after the targets. this puts the polices into place. u.s. navy warships, tomahawk missiles send a particular message, even if those warships don't fire and stay on patrol. >> just to recap here, in sanaa, it is the yemeni police who are taking action and trying to stop the protest in a peaceful manner? >> right. the yemenis have an interior ministry of security forces that is quite extensive. over the years one has to say that in the past, there's been a lot of question about the loyalty of those security forces, under the previous president. whether they were sheltering al qaeda in their countr
attacked the u.s. consul at benghazi. debated a resolution on the house for. this is 20 minutes. the clerk: house resolution 786, honoring the four united states public servants who died in libya and condemning the attacks on the united states diplomatic facilities in lya, egypt, and yemen. the spear pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, and the gentleman will each control 20 minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: i ask that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous materials on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. ros-lehtinen: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: iant to thank leader pelosi, leader cantor and others for spearheading this attack. our thoughts and prayers are with the families of chris stevens, sean smith, tyrone woods, and glen doherty, and all those injured in the attacks. on the 11th anniversary of the attacks of september 11, 2001, radical islamist attacked the united states embassy in benghazi and our a
correspondent arwa damon in benghazi. also joining us david ignatius, the columnist for "the washington post." david, let me start with you. you have some information, fascinating and intriguing information that the attack on the consulate may have been linked to al qaeda operatives in libya as a revenge plot. what exactly are you hearing? >> wolf, i heard from a source who has good sources on the ground in the libyan underground that the talk there was that the attack on the u.s. consulate that killed our ambassador stevens on september 11 last week was conceived as by the people who did it, an act of revenge to retaliate for the drone attack that killed a key al qaeda operative and planner. i ran that yesterday by a u.s. intelligence official who said that although some of the elements that i'd heard did not check out that they had heard the same thing. they'd heard this talk of revenge for the killing as a motive for the attack on the consulate in benghazi. so the u.s. government has been hearing the same thing that i picked up from my source. >> that would seem to suggest, david, i'm goi
on their compound in benghazi. while the investigation into the attack is far from over, the white house is now offering a new take on what really happened. here's abc's jake tapper. >> reporter: secretary of defense leon panetta acknowledged that the attack that killed four americans in benghazi, libya, on the anniversary of 9/11 was not only cared out by terrorists, it was premeditated. >> as we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place, that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack. >> reporter: the white house first suggested that the benghazi attack was spontaneous. the result of that anti-muslim video inciting mobs throughout the region. >> jake let's be clear. these protests were in eereaction to a video that had spread to the region. we don't know -- we don't though otherwise. you know, we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. >> reporter: but source tell abc news that intelligence officials on the ground tell us the attack was not tied to the movie at all. what aroused their
consulate in benghazi on the 11th anniversary of the attacks of september 11. these attacks do many things, but they remind us i think first of the bravery and commitment of government officials who serve in countries around the world, supporting the struggles of people in those countries, to live free. and by doing so work to improve our own national security. the attack in libya also reminds us that even though the core of al qaeda has been seriously weakened, we still face threats from an evolving and fractious set of terrorist groups and individuals united by a common ideology which is that of haven't -- violent islamist extremism. ask have some questions to the three of you about the nature of the terrorist threat today and specifically with regard to the reaction to this film whether you think it has raised the threat level against any places or institutions or individuals here in the united states. reporting to us on the terrorist threat to the homeland today, i also hope you'll address other concerns such as the effort to counter homegrown violent islamist groups and the threat to
states. at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya's second largest city, at least one american staff member was killed after gunmen stormed the compound and burned it down. we've got some amateur video here into nbc news from the scene. if you listen, you can hear gunshots going off in the background. witnesses say the attackers were armed with automatic rifles, rpgs. libyan forces stationed there said to have little to stop the violence. >>> in neighboring cairo, angry protesters scaled the fortified walls of the u.s. embassy, destroyed the american flag and replaced it with a black islamic banner. most of the u.s. diplomatic staff had already been evacuated in anticipation of this protest. both incidents reportedly are reaction to a little-known amateur movie produced in the united states which ridiculed the prophet mohammed. it gained attention because an obscure florida pastor began promoting it, the same man who triggered deadly riots in afghanistan when he threatened to burn the koran. we want to go straight to cairo where we find nbc chief foreign correspondent, richard engel.
over there is tragic. >> pretty upsetting. i was pretty embarrassed and disappointed if. >> in benghazi, libya, demonstrators rallied in america, denouncing attack carried out by a rogue group. four americans were killed an information specialist sean smith and the u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens. >> my name is chris stevens and the new u.s. ambassador or to libya. life to stop as lifet and then gave his o help build a better libya. >> we have learned the u.s. consulate was hit with two attacks. it lasted five hours. within 15 minutes of the first the attackers were able to enter the main compound of complex and set it ablaze. a terror group affiliated with qaeda has claimed attacksbility for the libya. officials believed it was coinciding with the 9/11 anniversary. jummy olabanji reporting. i want to share some live that we are getting libya and from a conflict this is egypt, actually. you can see quite a bit of activity. we will continue to follow the story. ambassador christopher stevens was on his second tour of duty in libya. the career diplomat ran the benghazi office durin
. jenna: new political fallout from the president's handling of the attack in benghazi that left four americans dead. we should say four americans murdered. senator lindsey graham joins us live with his take how this story has developed. >>> horrifying accounts as a gunman opens fire at a minneapolis office. five people are dead. the latest on a devastating workplace shooting. >>> plus, the investigation into the cause of a fiery plane crash that killed 19 people. it's all new, it's all live. it's "happening now." jenna: and we start with some politics. topping the news at this hour the race for the white house and brand new polls from three key battleground states. we're glad you're with us on this friday, everybody. i'm jenna lee. gregg: i'm gregg jarrett in for john -- jon scott. we're looking at brand new poll numbers that the fight for president obama and mitt romney remains close days away from the first presidential debate. "wall street journal" marist poll showing the president has a seven point edge in new hampshire and smaller two point lead in north carolina and nevada. tha
a handwritten sign that said "thugs and killers do not represent a benghazi or islam." the president of the palestinian authority, who worked closely with chris sent me a letter of remembering his energy and integrity and deploring "an act of ugly terror." many others from across the middle east and africa have offered similar sentiments. this has been a difficult week for the state department's and for our country. we have seen the heavy assault on our post in benghazi bad took lives of those brave men. we have seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do it. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless. it is totally unacceptable. the people of egypt, libya, yemen, and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of the dictator for the tyranny of a mob. reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. we will, under the president's leadership, keep taking steps to protect our pe
to benghazi. the president of libya has just talked to charlie. what's he saying? >> reporter: well, good morning to you. just returned from the u.s. consulate where we did meet with the president of the libyan national council. he confirmed four arrests have been made. he's confident there will be more. you're confident the men behind the, the people behind this will be caught. why? what makes you so confident. >> because everyone is determined to. >> reporter: everyone is determined to. how far identified the group responsible for this? >> too early. >> reporter: have you made move towards the suspects responsible? we understand there's a no fly zone in place at benghazi airport. can you tell us more about that. >> any attempts by perpetrators. >> reporter: now the u.s. state department has released the names of the four men killed in the attack at the consulate in addition to the u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and sean smith. they confirmed the deaths of tyrone woods a former navy s.e.a.l. who served multiple tours of duty in iraq and afghanistan and glenn dougherty. >> secretary
in a rocket attack at the u.s. embassy in benghazi. alison burns is live in our washington, d.c. bureau now to tell us what happened and what sparked the violence. >> reporter: at this hour it's unclear who is responsible for the attack that killed ambassador chris stevens. stevens and three other americans were killed on a rocket strike on the american consulate. their deaths came as protestors allegedly angry about an online film that is offensive to islam attacked u.s. compounds in libya and egypt. pictures from the scene are airing on cnn. a former pentagon spokesperson is suggesting the attacks might have been coordinated and linked to the 9/11 anniversary. the jib january government is condemning the attacks. stanes -- president obama is calling him a courageous representative of the united states. secretary of state hillary clinton say there is is profound sadness over his death. alison burns ktvu channel 2 morning news. >> protestors climbed the embassy walls, they ripped down the american flag, and replaced it with an islamic banner. the embassy staff had already been evacuated ahe
to libya, christopher stevens and three others in benghazi. that's just coming out of the white house. >>> some reports say that stevens died from a rocket attack and some day that he died in a car trying to get away from the consulate. some reports say that he three others were killed. >>> before this morning's rocket attack, angry protesters set fire to the consulate last night. they opened fire. four libyan soldiers reportedly died trying to defend the embassy. meanwhile, in cairo, protesters climbed the wall, tore down the american flag and burned it, and replaced it with a black islam flag. all of this in protest for a film that came out. >>> let's check with tucker barnes with the wonderful weather. >> nice cool start to the day. >> perfect. >> temperature in upper 70s, low 80s, what a nice time of the year. >> really is. >> warm during the day and cool at night. let's head to the headline for today. it continues right through the middle of the weekend. plenty of sunshine expected as well. back in the 40s, yeah, almost jacket weather here north and west. 50 reagan national. a lo
is in benghazi. >> reporter: this is the first thing fahud says he saw and filmed at the consulate compound. the cafeteria building up in flames. it was shortly before midnight september 11th. the smoke so thick the compound's main house is barely visible. and then this. after breaking through window men shout they found a body. suddenly one of them cries out, he's alive, he's alive. the crowd cheers. god is great. rushing for a car, they realize it's a foreigner. i was filming the video and i thought it was an american, fahed recalls, but i thought it was a driver or security guy. i never thought it was the ambassador. it's clear from the rest of the video that the man they pulled out was ambassador christopher stevens. fahed says he was alive but barely. he had a pulse and his eyes were moving, fahed says. his mouth was black from all the smoke. ten minutes later rushed through the benghazi streets in a civilian's car, the ambassador arrived at the hospital. but it was too late. this doctor tells us he got a code blue call. patient arrested. needs resuscitation. he too did not realize it
of their bag of tactics to come at us, i think is still an open question. >> [inaudible] your sense of benghazi now, and a couple of things i want to discuss. was there discussion of putting marines at the compound to help secure it? what is your assessment and analysis of al qaeda and affiliate's or inspired organizations, their ability to assemble and generate an attack capability of this sort very rapidly? and for the united states to openly have no sense that it needed to provide the security to meet that potential threat. what does it say to you about al qaeda abilities in that region? >> first of all, with regards to benghazi, we responded to a request to provide a fast team to go into tripoli and provide additional security there, and we responded to that. at that point, for all intents and purposes, benghazi had been pretty much unoccupied by any of the diplomatic and other security personnel that were there. the main focus then was on tripoli and the embassy in tripoli, and that is what we responded to. with regards to al qaeda and its efforts in that area, i think it is fair to say th
. >> we hear from you fully about your -- benghazi right now and a couple of specifics i want to ask you. was there ever any discussion, after the benghazi attack, of putting marines at the compound in benghazi to help secure it? and what is your assessment and analysis of al qaeda and al qaeda affiliates or inspired organizations there, their ability to assemble and generate an attack capability of this sort very rapidly, and for the united states to openly have no sense that it needed to provide the security to meet that potential threat? what does it say to you about al qaeda related groups in that region? >> okay. first of all with regards to benghazi, what we, what we responded to was a request to provide a f.a.s.t. team that would go into tripoli and try to provide additional security there and we responded to that and did that. at that point, for all intents and purposes, benghazi had been, you know, pretty much unoccupied by any of the diplomatic and, other security personnel that were there. so, the main focus then was on tripoli and the embassy in tripoli and that's what we res
? >> reporter: good morning to you, charlie. fbi still hasn't made it to the crime scene in benghazi. secretary clinton will give a classified account of the attacks on the u.s. consulate in libya. witnesses tell cbs news that there was never an anti-american protest outside the consulate. instead they say it came under planned attack. that is in direct contradiction to the administration's account. that comes with complaints that the administration has not been forgetright. >> i'm just stunned and appalled that there wasn't better security for all of the american personnel at that consulate, given the high threat environment. >> now under law, state must establish a panel to investigate the attacks, report to congress within 60 days. today, secretary of state hillary clinton will outline what she is and is not willing to share. what's clear, charlie, is that the public won't get a detailed account of what happened until after the presidential election. >> margaret brennan, thank you. senior correspondent john miller, former assistant director of the fbi is with us. good morning. >> good mornin
was murdered there. his u.s. consulate in benghazi burned. >> there are no words that excuse the killing of innocence. there's no video that justifies an attack on an embassy. >> reporter: there was no sympathy from the president, but he called for a deeper look into the root causes of anti-u.s. muslim rioting and demanded muslim leaders do more now. >> it is time to marginalize those who, even when not directly resorting to violence, use hatred of america or the west or israel as the central organizing principle of politics. >> reporter: iran's president, ahmadinejad, called for elimination of israel. >> make no mistake, a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: israeli prime minister netanyahu publicly pushed president obama. he didn't. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy and we believe there is still time and space to do so. >> reporter: mitt romney was in new york saying not enough good jobs in muslim nations leads to radicalism. he promised aid to promote private industry. >> nothing we can do as a nation will change lives and n
with the attack on the american continue lat in benghazi. u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed in that attack. american warships are on their way to the coast of libya now and several marines have been deployed as well. there is a report from british newspaper claiming the united states has early warnings about the attacks in libya. coming up at 6:15 you will get the reaction from the obama administration to that report when we get a live report from our washington, d.c. bureau. >>> time is 6:04. it's going to take several hours before the power is back on to at least a dozen homes in hayward. power is out. went out about 1:00 this morning. a driver crashed into a power pole on campus drive. now the pole and its wires there they are down on the road. witnesses say the female driver hit it and kept driving. >> i heard pop pop pop no skid marks or anything. and then our power went out. we came outside and people all across the streetcars all smashed up. >> we still don't know what caused that crash with police. as you can see here it took the driver into custody. no o
if the deadly attack against the u.s. consulate in benghazi was a planned terror strike or a spontaneous backlash from the anti-islamic video posted on youtube. four americans were killed in the attack including 52-year-old ambassador chris stevens, widely regarded as one of the most popular and successful american envoys in the region. according to first reports from senior administration officials, the american consulate came under small-arms fire around 10:00 p.m. local time. a short time later, the outside walls of the lightly guarded compound were breached. gunmen began attacking the main building, setting it on fire. at this point three people remained inside the main consulate. ambassador stevens, another staff member named sean smith and a security officer. amid the chaos and heavy smoke, the three became separated. ambassador stevens was missing for 12 hours before his body was located on wednesday morning in a benghazi hospital. apparently transported there by libyan police. >> let's try to put this in perspective right now. a lot of people look at these images, if they're my a
the search for whoever attacked the u.s. consulate in benghazi. four americans were killed as you know in tuesday's attack including the u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens. investigators say if the violence was carried out by a specific group or if it was planned they can't say yet, that's why they are investigating. according to reports out oof libya, four people have already been arrested for these attacks. meanwhile, it was a heart breaking tribute for those four americans who lost their lives in the libyan attacks. >> we welcome home for the final time ambassador chris stevens. mr. sean smith, mr. glen doherty and mr. tyrone woods. >> president obama took part in the transfer of remains ceremony at andrews air force base yesterday along with vice president biden and secretary of state hillary clinton. he spoke of the ultimate sacrifice made for our country. >> they had a mission. and they believed in it. they knew the danger and they accepted it. they didn't simply embrace the american ideal. they lived it. >> the president also vowed to bring those responsible to justice. and
. chris went to benghazi in the early days of the libyan revolution, a riding on a cargo ship. as america's representative, we helped the libyan people. as they cared for the wounded, and crafted a vision in which the rights of all libyans would be respected. libyans held elections and built new institutions. and began to move forward after decades of dictatorship. chris stevens loved his work. he took pride in the country he served. he saw dignity in the people that he met. two weeks ago he traveled to benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. that is one of america's compound came under attack. along with three of his colleagues, chris was killed, in the city he helped save. he was 52 years old. i tell you this story because chris stevens embodied the best of america. like his fellow foreign service officers, he build bridges across cultures and was deeply invested in the international cooperation that the united nations represents. he acted with humility but also stood up for a set of principles, a belief that individuals should be free to de
.s. consulate in benghazi in june. i want to bring in our cnn national security analyst, peter bergen, who has reported extensively on al qaeda as well as interviewing sbeosama bin la back in '97. i talked to peter earlier and he explained how the u.s. first learned about this al qaeda group in libya. >> reporter: in 2007, the u.s. military recovered a trove of documents in iraq, basically the sort of rosetta stone of al qaeda in iraq. and when they looked at these documents and analyzed them, they found that 40% of the foreign fighters coming into iraq were coming from libya, which was kind of an unexpected thing to find. and so historically, libya has provided quite a lot of suicide attackers to al qaeda and the group that is sort of deemed to be behind this attack is probably one of these sort of splinter groups from al qaeda central. >> how strong is their presence there in libya, and who leads them? do we know? >> reporter: you know, i mean there is sort of umbrella group, according to the former libyan jihadist called ansar al sharia. i think a lot of this is relatively secretive. this i
a statement on the attacks in benghazi where we are learning that an american ambassador is among those killed. a rocket attack killed the u.s. ambassador, christopher stevens. the official statement from the president condemns the benghazi attacks and says the united states will increase security at diplomatic embassies around the world. cairo condemned protests. and many people interpreted those tweets as being tied to yesterday's attacks. but the obama administration said no one in washington approved that statement, and it does not reflect the views of the u.s. government. president obama is also clarifying reports that he denied a meeting with israel prime mainer in netenyahu. his office says they got snubbed when they requested a meeting with the president. the obama administration said there was no request for a meeting and they had a conversation over the telephone. current's morning news block. >>you're welcome current tv audience for the visual candy. >>sharp tongue, quick whit and above all, politically direct. >>you just think there is no low they won't go
to libya and benghazi and that whole story. front page "new york times." we lost most of our intelligence assets because of this snafu, because of this mistake. the cia lost a lot of intelligence assets. we may be wiped out. now, again, president obama in the "60 minutes" last night could not get himself to say that this was premeditated, that this was a terrorist plot. he's still hanging on to the video story which, as you know, is a falsehood. i call it a lie. i believe ambassador, u.n. ambassador susan rice, should have been made to resign, or she should have taken the honorable route and resigned herself after misleading the entire country. but how can it be that obama himself cannot bring himself, like israel being our best ale, cannot bring himself to suggest that there was a complicated, a complicated and large terrorist plot around the killing of our ambassador and our agents in the embassy. >> well, larry, let me just go back to something the ambassador was saying. she's a diplomat, and has to be diplomatic. i'm not a diplomat. i don't have to be. let me say it really plainly and
th attack on the u.s. consulate and benghazi was clearly an act of terrorism. but he says president obama won't use that language instead referring to the deadly attack as a bump in the road on the way to democracy. >> he caught flak for that. you can't call the death of the four people, particularly an ambassador, a bump in, a bump in the road that seemed glib and callus and disrespectful to the lives lost in that. the white house sent mixed signals on thisser to. was it, premeditated attack, coincided with 9/11, premeditated, calculated or were they piggybacking over protest over the film. ambassador susan rice say one thing. the president say another. they're not clear on what they thing the reason is behind it. that's worrisome. spokesman, ja reversed ship. never clearly said it was an act of terrorism. so. >> lots of questions. still lives lost. >>> moving on this morning. a texas man who had gotten three reprieves from the supreme court has now been executed. foster was pronounced dead 25 minutes after his lethal injection began. three times last year the high court stopped fo
, arrogant and unjustice administration. stevens and three others were killed last week in benghazi during protests over that film. today 12 more people were killed in association with that film apparently. this latest attack happened in afghanistan. a suicide bomber slammed a car packed with explosives in a van on the road that leads to kabul airport. a group with ties to the taliban is claiming responsibility. anna coren is kabul and joins us live. first off the fact that this suicide bomber was a female driving a car is rare. often women aren't allowed to drive in afghanistan. i wonder if that shows a change, a shift in tactics. also give us details to the attack. eight victims were south africans. >> reporter: yeah, that's exactly right, poppy. i think you are spot on. there is a change of tactics that is going on here in afghanistan. certainly seeing much more violence. you mentioned that suicide bomber, 22-year-old woman, she's in fact kabul's first female suicide bomber. there have been other female suicide bombers around the country but never in the capital. she was driving a car p
was on a conference on terrorism and she was not linking to benghazi. it's stillot established a fesheew times" writer is the only person there among all of the reporters. the transcript does show that she made that connection. but they were all saying at the u.n. that -- >> she's not the first to suggest that. >> matthew olsson testified to it. nfn e ve whether there was or wasn't terrorism, how the administration handled it has been defused by romney having gone ahead with that press conference, not having reinforcements and said all those stupid things, he's lost the high ground on that issue. >> this is a perfect example. this conversation right here makes my point and makeshe t hene staffers who are concerned that there is still confusion, there is still chaos in the white house over exactly what happened in benghazi, exactly why a u.s. ambassador was killed, and yet he stepped in front of that stwh iuse look at the situation, willie, the worse it's going to look for the president. >> they looked at it in the short term as a political moment of opportunity and didn't think about the long-
." the more we're finding out about benghazi, the more it looks like a gross security failure. and you know, something the romney campaign told me, this is the biggest mistake we made on libya. if you give the media a chance to talk about politics or policy, they'll talk about politics every time. and we get out in front of it, so all everybody talked about those first few days was the politics of it. but the policy looks, willie, more and more like a gross security failure. you've got so many warnings coming in and so many warnings that were ignored. now the administration, the lead of "the new york times" saying that it may have been an al qaeda hit. but "the times" said there's no evidence on that. mitt romney, again, that's another -- it's a political blunder. and they've made too many of them. >> andrea, we had secretary of state hillary clinton herself yesterday saying we now believe there is an al qaeda link to the attack on the consulate in libya. >> in moments we were told by state department officials she didn't mean to say that, that that wasn't what she was saying. she was on a
for the state department and for her country. we've seen that heavy assault on our post in benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. we've seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we have nothing to do with. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless and it is totally unacceptable. the people of egypt, libya, yemen and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of the tape trader for the tyranny of a mob. reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. and we will, under the president's leadership, keep taking steps to protect our personnel around the world. there will be more difficult days ahead, but it is important that we don't lose sight of the fundamental facts that america must keep leading the world. we owe it to those four men to continue the long, hard work of diplomacy. i am enormously proud of the men and women of the state department. i am proud of all those across our government, c
in benghazi but secretary clinton will give a classified account of the attacks on the u.s. consulate in libya. witnesses tell cbs news that there was never an anti-american protest outside of the consulate. instead they say it came under planned attack. that's in direct contradiction to the administration's account of the incident. it comes at a time when there are calls for more information from capitol hill and complaints that the administration has not been forthright. >> i'm just stunned and appalled that there wasn't better security for all of the american personnel at that consulate given the high threat environment. >> reporter: now, under law state must establish a panel to investigate the attacks, report to congress within 60 days. today secretary of state hillary clinton will outline what she is and is not willing to share. what's clear, charlie is that the public won't get a detailed account of what happened until after the presidential election. >> margaret, brennan thank you. john miller is with us. good morning. who is this man? >> he's a former al qaeda member who was in guanta
on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the president of libya tells nbc news the attack had nothing to do with an anti-islam film that sparked violent protests in several countries. he said there were no protesters at the site before the attack, which came in two waves, first by rocket propelled grenades, then with mortars at a safe house. he noted the assault happened on september 11th, and the video had been available for months. u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others died in the attack. >>> a potential boycott expected today in new york as iran's president addresses the u.n. general assembly. president mahmoud ahmadinejad already addressed a high level meeting of world leaders on monday, but today's speech to the larger assembly is expected to be even more controversial. it comes on one of the holiest days on the hebrew calendar, yom kippur. ahmadinejad is known for denouncing israel and in the past has denied the holocaust ever happened. in an interview with the ap, he also said a new world order needs to rise that brings american, quote, bullying and domination
of the americans killed in the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya on tuesday. back to the funds, cumberland, kentucky, our line for democrats. caller: first of all, i appreciate the servicemen we lost and god bless them and their families. in the bush years, it was nothing but terror. that is all you saw on the news. it seems to me that obama is just trying a different way. like egypt, it is a new government and he is trying to give them a chance. i would like to know what you think about that. is it right to give him a chance? host: what do you think? what kind of a chance you give them and how long? caller: i would not really know that. the republican party is ready to yank everything out. it takes time to get a new government going. host: the lead editorial in this morning's "washington post" -- back to the phones, atlanta, georgia, our line for independences. caller: thank you. as far as the two candidates go, from everything i have seen so far, i am not impressed with either one of them. neither of them really inspire confidence with me. that they can handle what is going o
is not commentog the status of its investigation . the agents are on the ground and they are not in benghazi itself . >> gretchen: thank you so much, kelly. >> steve: 67th annual united nation's general assemy will kick off. our president will make a speech but not meet with them. but he will meet with the ladies of the view. that was the topic of rogert bibs and chris wallace. watch >> i want to go back to the un and new york this week. he's got schedules and foreign leaders have schedules, but the president has blocked out time to appear on the view on tuesday, so he has time for whoopy goldberg but not world leaders? >> no, chris, look, the president will be actively involved with the un. >> he's giving a speech. >> chris, they have telephones in the white house. he talked to the leader in libya. we don't need a meeting in washington to confer with leaders. >> but he has -- >> i am sure if he would do an brew with you on fox news, you would have no problem. >> he hasn't. that's not the point. >> what is the minutes of fox and view? >> brian: it is important the president of egypt changed his min
: with a tribute to the u.s. ambassador to libya who was attacked and killed in the dead of night in benghazi two weeks ago, he extolled the humanity and hope stevens stood for. >> we are serious about the ideals and must reaffirm our future will be determined by people like chris stevens and not by his killers. >> reporter: but in many ways, the president's speech seemed targeted at his dough met tick audience. accused by republicans of glibly downplaying the unrest in the muslim world, the president demanded an end to the violence. >> there is no speech that justifies mindless violence. there are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. >> reporter: and while only days ago the white house was asking youtube to review whether the anti-muslim film violated the terms of use, the president offered a full-throated defense of freedom of speech. >> like me, the majority of americans are christian, yet we do not ban blaspheme against our sacred beliefs. >> that was a cal to stop those who fan the flames against the wealth and the allies. >> it is time to marginalize those who use hatred of americ
.s. ambassador scraped off the streets of benghazi, 20,000 killed in syria. you've got israel, our closest ally in the middle east inopen, bacallerbafaet their leader and our leader. you can go around the entire region. it's mass chaos. troops getting gned down by supposed allies every day in afghanistan. these aren't bumps in the road. this is an absolut mess. ve feel of tehran 1979. i'm not saying it's going to go that way, but you remember 1979 and the chaos that ensued. this isn't it. but this isn't a bump in the road. >> this is not1979. >> so it's not -- paury irf all, how do you know it's not 1979? >> you said it wasn't, and you said it wasn't. >> i said it probably isn't. if i'm president of the united ates i don't do what jmy rter says andall iran stability. the students were racing towards our -- >> isn't the larger issue rather than extracting what the president says during an interview and wt the republican candidate's view o at hsaid, isn't the larger issue that both of these candidates have dismissed about obligation to the american people to talk to us. the president hasn't had a
at the benghazi consulate?" you pick up "the new york times" and you get a blow-by-blow description of what supposedly went o. so it was like pulling teeth to get information yesterday. a lot of senators were frustrated. and you pick up major newspapers in the country and you find details not shared with you. and one of the things i'm worried about is we're trying to find out who committed these terrible acts of terrorism -- and they were acts of terrorism, not a spontaneous riot -- i said, what is the game plan? will they be held as enemy exatents, are they going to be held as common criminals? will they be prosecuted in libya? will they be brought back to the united states? do you have to read them their miranda rights? really absolutely not a whole lot of information. but at the end of the day, it was a lost opportunity i think to inform the congress. can we now move to the rand paul amendment? mr. mccain: mr. president, i'd like to take what remaining time we have in order to discuss the paul amendment. and i'd like to begin by asking insertion in the -- in the "congressional record" a
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